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Gilas to finalize roster once Blatche arrives next week; Wright latest addition

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Matthew Wright joins Gilas (2:58)

Phoenix gunner Matthew Wright became the newest addition in the Gilas Pilipinas pool for the 2019 FIBA World Cup. (2:58)

Gilas Pilipinas will be looking to finalize its 15-man roster next week in preparation for the arrival of naturalized center Andray Blatche.

Blatche will arrive a few days later than expected, either on July 12 or 13 as he is dealing with a court case regarding the custody of his child.

With that said, the American-Filipino will not be playing in Gilas' closed-door tuneup game against Mighty Sports at the Meralco Gym next Monday.

Following Blatche's arrival, Philippines head coach Yeng Guiao and the coaching staff will deliberate and announce the final pool moving forward.

Sharpshooter Matthew Wright became the newest addition to the current Gilas Pilipinas pool. The Phoenix stalwart was present at practice Thursday evening at the Meralco Gym.

The 6'4 wing is no stranger to national team duty, suiting up multiple times in the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, where he normed 5.9 points on 32% three-point shooting, coupled with 1.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists scattered across five windows.

He has been on a tear of late in the Commissioner's Cup, averaging 30 points over the Fuel Master's last two games, and he believes it's one of the reasons Guiao chose him as part of the pool.

"I would assume so. I had a pretty good week, but that's just from the last couple of months, especially after the last leg, just really made an emphasis on getting stronger," Wright said.

Also attending the practice were Gabe Norwood, June Mar Fajardo, Troy Rosario, Paul Lee, Raymond Almazan, Japeth Aguilar, CJ Perez, Beau Belga and Stanley Pringle.

RR Pogoy, Mark Barroca, and Robert Bolick did not attend.

With that said, Guiao said that Bolick, Perez, and Wright will be permanently added to the pool.

The aforementioned names, sans Belga and Pringle, will most likely comprise the roster.

Following the announcement, Gilas will then be concentrating on playing more tuneup games, including a pocket tournament in Spain against the hosts, Congo, and Ivory Coast in early August. There, they will concentrate on the offensive sets since the players still get confused with Guiao's and their club's set plays. He then said that only then will they look to add more days to their training schedule, in coordination with the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup playoffs.